Jubi: Brimob Accused of Mistreating 15 Students in Intan Jaya

Mobile Brigade (Brimob) snipers posing whilst in Intan Jaya, West Papua, Feb 27, 2011 – File photo, originally supplied to West Papua Media by Brimob source in March 2011

Jayapura, Jubi – Melianus Duwitau, a student from Intan Jaya, accused a number of Brimob personnel from Destatemen C Biak serving in Intan Jaya District, of attacking 15 students while opening fire at Sugapa, Intan Jaya capital.

“There were bruises on the forehead, head injuries, and a broken jaw as a result of beatings with rifle butts. Two people, Venus Sondegau and Victor Belau are now being  treated at Sugapa hospital,” he said via a short message to the Jubi from Sugapa on Monday (17/8/2015 ).

No reports have been received of any students sustaining injuries from gunfire, which is believed to have been warning shots.

He explained the incident occurred about 12:00 after the ceremony of Independence Day in the Sogopaki field.

He said the incident began at 11:30 when students wanted to block the airport so that the local officials would not leave Intan Jaya after the ceremony.  “Students wanted to block the airport because the local officials often fly to Nabire and other cities out of town,” he added.

Dominikus Surabut, a Papuan activist, said such events actually should not have happened. If that happens, there is the impression that the state apparatus take people’s money out of the town for their benefits.
“The local authorities should look at the problem, then talk to them. Don’t shoot them. Violence will never solve the problem,” he said in Jayapura, Papua, on Tuesday (18/08/2015). (Mawel Benny/ Tina)

Photos: Indonesian Police open fire on student dormitory in Jayapura

By Nick Chesterfield/ westpapuamedia.info

October 13, 2011

Plain clothes Indonesian police agents in Jayapura opened fire late on October 12 outside a student dormitory, in another violent act of security force intimidation before the Third Papuan People’s Congress starts on October 16.

Local human rights sources and stringers for West Papua Media have reported that the Rasunawa dormitory, housing West Papuan students from Cenderawasih University (UNCEN) , came under attack at 11pm local time by five plain clothes police agents. The agents arrived in a new white Toyota Kijang with police license plate Ds. B 9481 PAA ( expiry June 2015).

Witnesses from the student dormitory, who have declined to be identified for their safety, have reported directly to West Papua Media that the agents arrived and started shooting immediately outside the dormitory. “For some reason, these five police goons (polisi preman) entered Rasunawaa and fired wildly, so that all the male resident of the three-story building came down and surrounded the five thugs”.

According to an activist with SONAMAPA WP (Papuan Students National Solidarity Organization) who was a witness to the altercation, the students interrogated the five men at the centre of the group. “They were feeling cornered and fired shots incessantly in the air, we think over 30 bullets were flying. ”

the Five Brimob Police shooters after being surrounded by Students

“We are still looking for eyewitnesses or if there is a gunshot victim from the incident or not – the investigation remains ongoing”.

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In dramatic scenes, the West Papuan students successfully detained the men until an entire platoon of uniformed police arrived, who then arrested the Indonesian gunmen by force. Uniformed police, also from Jayapura, were reportedly fired upon by one of the five men. However,the platoon of police also opened fire to disperse the crowd in order to retrieve their men.

Photographs of the incident provided to West Papua Media by witnesses appear to show the police vehicle used in the incident. According to the SONAMAPA WP activist, the new vehicle registration means the car has just been imported directly from Jakarta

A formal report has been made to the Rector of UNCEN, and students have reported to West Papua Media that they hold grave fears for a continuation of the incident, and for the safety of the residents of the Rasunawaa UNCEN domitories.

with local sources

Greens call for release of West Papuans in custody


 by RichardDiNatale in Media ReleaseWest Papua

Greens’ spokesperson for West Papua, Richard Di Natale, has expressed concern over the arrests of West Papuan activists and is calling for their immediate release.

“The Greens are concerned for West Papuan human rights defenders, Henok Dori, Noak Kandipi and Melkianus Bleskadit, who were all arrested on their way to a conference last week, and are still in custody in Jayapura and Manokwari,” said Senator Di Natale.

“We understand that some of their colleagues have been released and we call for these West Papuans to be released.”

The conference was a preparatory event for the important Congress being held this weekend. The Congress brings together different human rights, faith and student groups across West Papua to discuss strategies for bringing peace and justice to the troubled Indonesian province.

“West Papuans have a right to meet and discuss their own future. This congress is a peaceful assembly. We ask the Indonesian government to stand by its stated support for the rights of its residents to move freely and assemble peacefully.”

The situation in West Papua remains critical, with a striking worker at the Freeport McMoran copper and gold mine shot dead this week, and further reports today of police shooting at a student dormitory in Jayapura.

Media contact: Andrew Blyberg             0457 901 600

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